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Your monthly update on programs, projects, events and more in the Western region

 Zinc phosphide rebates for mouse control now available


Applications are now open for the NSW Government's Zinc Phosphide rebate program.

Eligible primary producers can apply for a rebate of 50 per cent for the purchase of mouse control chemical zinc phosphide, up to $10,000, to provide financial and cash flow relief. 


Click here for information about the rebate guidelines, eligibility criteria and details on how to apply.

Applications can be made online via the NSW Rural Assistance Authority (RAA) website, as per the above link, and are open until 17 December 2021. Approved applicants can claim zinc phosphide bought between 1 January 2021 and 17 December 2021 to eradicate mice during the 2021 plague. 


The importance of monitoring in the lead up to spring 

While mice are generally less active over winter, now is a good time to start planning how you can manage numbers effectively and reduce potential impacts on crops, feed and fodder and stored grain.

With mouse numbers likely to increase as we move into spring, the first step in any effective control program is early detection of populations in your paddocks. 

You can start this monitoring process now, and the easiest ways to do so is by carrying out active burrow counts and using mouse chew cards. 


Click here to find out more about these techniques and get further mouse management advice.

Register your interest now in our spring wild dog baiting program


Western LLS is ramping up its planning with pest management groups, Landcare groups and other stakeholders for the next seasonal baiting program for wild dogs which will occur in November 2021. 

The spring seasonal baiting program will again involve targeted aerial and ground baiting campaigns, with the coordinated program ensuring wild dogs and other pest animals like feral cats and foxes will be exposed to a bait over a matter of days regardless of where in the region they are. 

Landholders in the Western LLS region that are wanting to participate in either aerial baiting or ground baiting that are not already a member of a pest management or Landcare group should contact their local biosecurity officer who can fill them in on all the details. Contact a biosecurity officer on 1300 795 299 or by
clicking here

Click here to read about the autumn 2021 seasonal baiting program.


Professional Wild Dog Controller Program update

Meanwhile, landholders looking to undertake management of wild dogs now or who simply want to learn more about management techniques and looking for wild dog sign (such as wild dog tracks, pictured below), can register their interest in our
Professional Wild Dog Controller (PWDC) Program.

The PWDC Program offers the services of a professional wild dog trapper who can undertake wild dog control, or simply establish if you have a wild dog issue on your property, and what the next steps are for management. 

Currently, there is an opportunity for landholders to have a trapper visit their property for a day for no charge. 

To find out more about the PWDC Program and potentially register for a professional trapper to visit your property for no charge, contact the program's administrative officer on 0409 677 891 or
PWDC@lls.nsw.gov.au.

Feral pigs in the sights of local landholders in the Euston area


Well done to the 30 odd landholders from the Euston and Homebush areas that attended two feral pig workshops earlier this year.

Both workshops featured a presentation from Barry Kelly from 'Got A Bug' who covered how to best undertake monitoring for feral pigs, the importance of free feeding, the best places for bait stations and traps, and an overview of relevant legislation. 
Contact Western LLS for further information on feral pig management — 1300 795 299 or online enquiry form.

   

Pain relief options aplenty for livestock producers


Pain relief use and options for livestock during husbandry procedures such as marking and mulesing have increased greatly in recent years, with a range of products allowing greater flexibility and modes of application and administration.

The use of analgesics has been proven to reduce some of the negative effects of these husbandry procedures by supporting more rapid recovery and a return to normal behaviours such as mothering up, nursing and grazing. This can help alleviate some of the negative events experienced during these times such as reduced weight gain and mismothering.

Recent studies have shown that using a combination of modes of pain relief is generally the most effective and leads to the most rapid recovery. Use of pain relief allows producers to know they are doing the right thing for their animals and helps meet welfare expectations of the industry, consumers and community. 

Ensuring animal welfare is everyone’s responsibility and crucial to maintaining markets and meeting consumer and community expectation.


Click here for more information on pain relief for sheep

For further information on pain relief options, or another animal health matter, contact one of our district vets. 

New Western Tracks resources now available


From the outset, there has been much interest in the Western Tracks collaring project from landholders, stakeholders and the general public, both within the Western region and throughout the state. 

To help inform people about the project, two resources have been developed that hopefully answer some of the key questions about the project, and provide clarity on the information that will be released while feral pigs and wild dogs are collared, and then once the collaring of pest animals has been completed. 
As per the above resources, regular updates will be provided in this monthly e-newsletter, on 2WEB Outback Radio (Talking Wild Dogs segment every Thursday morning), directly to pest management and Landcare groups and via mainstream media such as local newspapers, websites and radio stations. 

The project team is also available and happy to provide updates to stakeholders as requested — please contact Western LLS to organise this via 1300 795 299 or by
clicking here.  

August update 


The Western Tracks project team and local landholders are continuing to monitor traps and look for wild dog sign as they work to add tracking collars to additional wild dogs in the project area.

As per last month, there has been seven wild dogs trapped in rubber jaw leghold traps, assessed, collared with tracking collars, and released at the point of capture to date, with two of the seven alive. 


The five deceased wild dogs provided the project team with valuable data, with the two wild dogs still alive are continuing to provide data of their movements around the landscape.

Click here for further information on the project, or contact Tim Wall, Biosecurity Team Leader on tim.wall@lls.nsw.gov.au or 0428 915 070. 

NSW Wild Dog Fence Extension project update


At the start of August, Project Manager, Justin Schick gave a presentation at the Western LLS predator program meeting in Cobar to Western NSW landholders and stakeholders, with those unable to be in Cobar joining virtually. It was a great opportunity for Justin to present to a large and engaged audience about the project, many of whom asked good questions both during the presentation and afterward when chatting with Justin. 

If you'd like to have a member of the project team provide an update to your group, please get in touch and it will be arranged. 


COVID-19 restrictions such as lockdowns and border closures are continuing to impact on the assessment process (file picture from earlier this year below), as they have in a varying capacity since March last year. 

Aboriginal cultural heritage — Lantern Heritage (consultants) are finalising their reports for the NSW/South Australian alignment. The results of carbon dating are expected soon which is anticipated to provide further information on dates of Aboriginal occupation in the area. Meanwhile, Extent Heritage (consultant) is continuing to work with the Aboriginal representatives to complete the field assessments along the NSW/Queensland alignment. 

Biodiversity — Niche Environment and Heritage (consultant) are completing additional work to address the requirements of relevant government agencies, which include assessments of aquatic species that have the potential to be impacted by the project with regards to their movements.


For further information on the assessments or other aspects of the project, visit www.lls.nsw.gov.au/WDF or contact the project team on (02) 5852 1215 or wilddogfence@scs.nsw.gov.au.

Before we go...


Apply now for the Fencing Northern Basin Riverbanks Program

Landholders are encouraged to submit an EOI to undertake projects to protect valuable ecological sites and improve native fish habitat under round one of the NSW Fencing Northern Basin Riverbanks Program. Other eligible activities include off-stream stock watering points, control of exotic woody weeds, minor erosion control works, revegetation and river re-snagging to protect native fish and contribute to a healthier river system. Click here to submit an EOI and get further information about the program.  

Complete and return your ALSR by 30 August

Landholders yet to complete their Annual Land and Stock Return online or hard-copy form and return via post are reminded to do so by 30 August. Click here to lodge your ALSR or get further information. A big thanks to all landholders that have already completed their ALSR. 

 

Until next time...


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